Ealing Trailfinders 73-15 Maccclesfield
Boss Ben Ward has a tough week of training planned for his players, despite Trailfinders hammering Macclesfield to consolidate their lead at the top of National One on saturday.
Trailfinders notched 11 tries as they followed up their win against Richmond with another bonus point victory, but Ward was disappointed with some areas of the performance and is demanding improvements.
“I’m happy with the score line, but I think we were about three gears below where we were last week against Richmond,” said the director of coaching.
“There’ll be a tough week of training ahead as there were plenty of things we weren’t happy with in the game.
“I wasn’t happy with our breakdown and our ability to look after the ball. We set a target of conceding single figures so we’re disappointed to have let 15 past us. It was our mistakes that allowed them in for those points.”
Ealing got off to the perfect start when James Love touched down with barely a minute played and then Daniel Kenny added a second five minutes later when he picked up the loose ball from an Ealing scrum.
The hosts were cruising, but Macclesfield shocked them with a clever chip from Thomas Morton which was collected by Elliott Brierley to score between the posts.
The visitors’ hopes were quickly crushed though by four more first half tries from Sam Wardingley, Stephen Pape, Phil Chesters and a second for Love, with just a solitary penalty from Morton in reply.
Trailfinders had inexplicably struggled to stay onside all day and were made to pay when Gary Johnson was yellow carded minutes after coming on as a half time change.
It made little difference though as Alex Penny added a seventh try, when Ealing defied their numerical disadvantage to drive the Macclesfield pack back.
The visitors were reduced to 14 men themselves when Ryan Jackson was yellow-carded and the hosts made them pay with a penalty try after an unstoppable rolling maul.
Macclesfield didn’t throw in the towel though and grabbed their second try when a funny bounce caught out the Ealing defence and Joshua Hearn collected to race home from a few yards out.
That was the last of the glory for the visitors though as Ealing hammered home three more tries in the closing stages, through James Kilbane, a second for Chesters, and Matthew Jarvis, who also added nine conversions to his haul.
Trailfinders: Harries, Love, Waringley, McLean-Dents, Chesters, Jarvis, Thompson, Davis, Walker, Penny, Pape, Walker-Fitton, Pennycook, Ellis, Kenny. Replacements: Kilbane, Davis, Johnson, Jones, Ward.